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Youth Stories #Determined

I live in a society where it’s expected of children to follow in the footsteps of their parents and continue the family tradition of a particular profession. This practice directly affected me about 6 years ago when I was fresh out of high school with the decision to continue my studies in the electrical engineering field. People in my community were astounded by my desire from two points: I was going into something considered a “male” profession and I wasn’t continuing my parents’ business. Most of the people in my surrounding didn’t take my side. My grandparents were the biggest opponents. They wanted me to continue my dad’s profession but I stood firmly in my decision and passion. Their opinion was supported by the members of my community as well, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing the education I wanted to get. Finally, I graduated in my desired field and am proud of my achievements during my studies. I’d like to point out that it’s hard when we’re faced with stereotypes and prejudice from our community but with strong will and arguments, we can win the battle to create our path.

About Youth Council of the U.S Embassy in North Macedonia

The Youth Council brings together youth from different disciplines, interests, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Established by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, it seeks to generate creative ideas and projects to empower the youth of Macedonia, and to strengthen the voice of youth by advising the Embassy on important youth issues.

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